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FORECAST: Kansas City will begin the work week with cool weather, scattered showers

FORECAST: Kansas City will begin the work week with cool weather, scattered showers

Temperatures will cool into the low-to-mid 60s by daybreak on Monday.

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Virginia couple loses truck, trailer in Blue Springs while on cross-country trip

Virginia couple loses truck, trailer in Blue Springs while on cross-country trip

BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -- Tim and Beverly Nyden stopped in Kansas City on Tuesday to get some much needed rest after leaving Lynchburg, Virginia the night before.

The retired coupled packed up decades of memories in their truck and trailer to start a new beginning in Bend, Oregon with their son and his family.

“We were hoping for an idyllic trip,” said Tim. “Show-Me-State? Show me the way out!”

After they went to bed Tuesday night, someone stole their entire life they’d packed up in one trailer after selling their home on the East Coast Monday.

“Now we really are homeless, I guess,” Tim said.

Tim couldn’t believe what he saw walking out of the Blue Springs La Quinta Inn they were staying in.

“I looked down and closed my eyes, for five seconds maybe. Hoping that when I opened them it was fatigue hallucination of something,” said Tim. “But, it was still gone.”

While they would like their memories back, they are more focused on making it out West to start this new season of life with their family.

“We’re going to get there. Just might be in a compact rental car, but we’ll get there,” said Tim. “With no stuff, so we don’t have to pay for storage when we get there,” said Beverly.

Their rental car isn’t available until Monday because of shortages across the country.

The Nyden's say they have faith. Whatever the outcome, they’ll make it through.

“It would just be nice to get the whole rig back,” said Beverly. “Just to continue on with the dream but. You know, but if it doesn’t, we’ll be alright. We’ll be okay.”

The couple did contact police. They’re trying to help them find the missing truck and trailer.

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Suspected serial killer Fredrick Scott deemed incompetent, status could later change

Suspected serial killer Fredrick Scott deemed incompetent, status could later change

Fredrick Scott is currently deemed incompetent to stand trial. You may recall Scott is charged with killing six people -- many of whom were shot on or near the Indian Creek Trail.

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Man found shot, killed inside car in Kansas City, Kansas

Man found shot, killed inside car in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is working shooting and homicide investigation that has left one dead.

Officers were called about 7:15 a.m. Monday to the 3100 block of Kimball Avenue at 7:13 a.m. on a shooting call. Police say a white man in his mid-40s was found dead inside of a vehicle. His name has not been release.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, the victim in this homicide was identified as 45-year-old Kyle E. Slater from KCMO.

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Silver Alert canceled after missing Cass County man is located

CASS COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- UPDATE: Ellis was locate and is safe, the authorities say.

Previous coverage is below.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office has issued an Endangered Silver Advisory for a missing 79-year-old man.

Otis Lee Ellis was last seen in the 10000 block of E. 293rd and Freeman at 2:30 p.m. on June 9.

Ellis has dementia and left his cell phone at his home.

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Woman's body found by Kansas River in KCK, being investigated as homicide

Woman's body found by Kansas River in KCK, being investigated as homicide

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- Police are investigating a homicide just off of the Kansas River in KCK, after a woman's body was found there Saturday morning.

The body of a black woman in her 60s was discovered at 6:49 a.m. on the land near the boat ramp just off of the Kansas River near the Turner Diagonal Bridge in Kansas City, KS, according to the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, which is heading up the investigation.

Authorities said they are still determining the details, but it does not appear that she was shot.

No suspect description has been released, and there is no suspect in custody at this point. The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: The victim in this homicide has been identified as 64-year-old Serberthia Bassett from KCK.

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'The wounds have healed but the infection persists': Union Station prepares to host Auschwitz exhibition

'The wounds have healed but the infection persists': Union Station prepares to host Auschwitz exhibition

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- In the midst of rising anti-Semitic attacks across the country, Union Station prepares to open its latest exhibition, “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.”

The exhibition is on pace to be one of the venue’s highest attended, selling close to 60,000 tickets before the opening.

More than 700 artifacts tell the story of the concentration camp where 1.1 million people were killed during the Holocaust.

Luis Ferreiro is the exhibition director. He aimed to select artifacts which help people to understand the perspective of survivors, victims, perpetrators and bystanders.

“These objects, they are a testimony to a person. They are an evidence to a crime. And they are, in the end, an expression of our will to somehow keep their memories alive,” he said.

The exhibition explains how antisemitism grew from the middle ages to World War II to create the environment where extermination of Jewish and Roma peoples could happen.

“When we talk about the Holocaust, when we talk about Auschwitz, there is always the easy answers. The easy answer in this case is to blame one person, one group of persons, and to believe that Hitler and the Nazis were monsters, and of course they were,” Ferreiro said. “But the truth is that the Holocaust would not have been able to happen without the collaboration of the vast majority of the society.

The collection of artifacts is making only two stops in the United States, New York City and Kansas City.

Executive Vice President and COO at Union Station Jerry Baber said the honor of hosting “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” came from building meaningful relationships.

Baber and Union Station representatives search for new exhibitions and attractions every year. They attended a conference in Atlanta in 2015 to hear directors pitch their shows and ideas. That’s where they met Ferreiro. Baber said he did not have a flashy presentation, but he had something unique with a promise to put care into the story. After a few meetings with Ferreiro and his family, the groups decided Union Station was the right fit.

“If you spend any time talking with Luis, he's a very genuine person. He's very passionate about this subject. He's not just doing it to do an exhibit,” Baber said. “I think he agreed that we understood, we felt the same way. We felt the importance of this storyline. We felt the importance of bringing this to our community.”

Due to the fragility and cultural significance of the artifacts, Union Station had to increase security for the exhibition. Crews installed more cameras and all ticketed visitors must pass through metal detectors.

The exhibit team also took extra caution in transporting the artifacts from New York City, where it was shown at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Police escorted trucks and drivers traveled primarily overnight.

The COVID-19 pandemic complicated travel plans. In order to travel to the United States, the exhibition had to be declared a national interest. The team was not able to bring along every member of the international crew as they had planned.

One of the largest, and most complicated transports is a German-made Model 2 railway car.

A 25,000 pound freight car sits along Pershing Road on display. Nazi Germany used the railcars to transport people who were Jewish, Polish, Roma and Soviet prisoners to ghettos and concentration camps.

Up to 100 people and their belongings would be crammed inside the 215 square foot car for days.

Union Station security and the Kansas City Missouri Police Department provide 24/7 surveillance of the artifact.

Ferreiro said the car can provoke a bittersweet memory for survivors.

“Once they arrived in Auschwitz, there was the process of selection. Many of them, the vast majority, were separated,” he said. “This was the last place they could be together as a family.”

Local Auschwitz survivor Elizabeth Nussbaum said she had a similar experience.

“As we enter into Auschwitz, ladies were on one side, men on the other. I remember as I left my mother and my siblings, they gave me something on my hand because I had beautiful hair, and that was the left time I had seen her. My father, I have not seen, and nobody else,” she said. “We kept trying to calm ourselves, but it was not easy.”

She said the train car reminds her of the horrifying three-day journey her family endured before arrival.

“No water, no food, no toilet, the children were crying because their mothers had no milk to feed them,” she said. “Every time I see a child crying, I think I’m back on the train. I don’t like to see children crying. That’s painful.”

Nussbaum said her faith was the reason she was able stay calm and survive Auschwitz.

“I didn’t do it by myself. God was helping me,” she said. “I was a family of seven children. I was the only one who survived. People ask me, ‘what did you do?’ I said, ‘nothing.’ I think God chose me to live to create another family.”

Nussbaum said educating new generations about the atrocities she witnessed is difficult because the full story is hard to comprehend.

“The real thing, there’s no way to explain what we went through. It’s impossible,” she said. “I want people to remember and respect those who are here.”

Education is the passion of one of Nussbaum’s fellow Kansas City-based survivors. Sonia Warshawski spent decades speaking to groups and schools about learning from the past and never repeating the horrors of history.

“It’s my duty, and that’s the reason I still go on,” she said. “I’m speaking for those who didn’t make it.”

Warshawski said many museums, such as the one in Washington D.C., do a good job with telling the story, but people who were not there will never understand the “bestiality and cruelty” the prisoners faced.

She said it would take days to describe her entire experience. She survived multiple beatings and doesn’t know how she made it out alive.

Warshawski experienced survivor’s guilt and did not want to speak about it, until the first time she heard somebody deny the events of the Holocaust happened.

“You can imagine what happened to my brain. It was like thunder, telling me ‘Sonia, this is the reason you made it, you have to speak up for those who were telling us before they were dying, ‘if you make it, you have to tell the world,’” she said.

Ferreiro said he wants people to see and understand liberation of the concentration camps happened just 75 years ago, and there are some people in society who have not learned the lessons history teaches.

“The wounds have healed, in a way, but the infection persists,” he said.

Warshawski said she hopes people will leave the exhibition with new perspectives and ideas to consider.

“I always used to say to students, ‘please don’t follow the crowd. Educate yourself. And then decide what is right and wrong.”

“Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” opens June 14.

BUY TICKETS: <a href="https://unionstation.org/event/auschwitz/">unionstation.org/event/auschwitz</a>

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Friends remember teen killed in Lee’s Summit crash

Friends remember teen killed in Lee’s Summit crash

Lee’s Summit (KCTV5) - A memorial continues to grow at the intersection of 3rd Street and Bridlewood Drive in Lee’s Summit.

Tuesday night 18-year-old Keaghan McDaniel died in a crash at that intersection.

Friends, family, and teachers in the school district gathered Thursday at Lee’s Summit West High School to mourn together with a balloon release on the baseball field where McDaniel played.

“He’s one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met,” said Mike McKnight.

McKnight sat under a tree along 3rd Street with a few friends this afternoon, including Natalee Still.

“You didn’t have to know him and he would smile at you,” said Still.

Friends say McDaniel’s smile and energy was contagious. It’s a quality they will miss.

“He was a super happy kid, always smiling, always laughing. He just enjoyed life,” McKnight said. “Even when things weren’t going so great, he found a way to make it better for himself.”

McKnight and others who gathered by the memorial today said they’re taking the advice they think McDaniel would give them at a time like this.

“Keep on enjoying life because I think that’s what he would want us to do,” McKnight said. “I think that’s what he’s doing right now looking over us. He’s smiling and enjoying his time up there.”

Friends who thought they had more time with McDaniel are working through their own feelings.

“It warms my heart seeing everything,” said Still while looking at the 3rd Street memorial. “it’s also mixed emotions because I feel numb some of the time but then I feel very upset. I run out of tears other times.”

Family friends are raising money for McDaniel’s mother through a <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/keaghan-mcdaniel-memorial-fund?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=customer">GoFundMe</a>. Still said she plans to work with the school to create a memorial for McDaniel.

As of Thursday afternoon Lee’s Summit Police did not have an update on the condition of the other driver or their investigation.

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KCTV5 News Update: June 9, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: June 9, 2021

Authorities are investigating two separate homicides and a double shooting Tuesday afternoon in Kansas City.

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KC police investigating 3 homicides; KCK police investigating 1

KC police investigating 3 homicides; KCK police investigating 1

Police on both sides of the state line are investigating shootings and deaths that have occurred today.

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Police shoot, kill person near Jefferson City mall

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a police officer fatally shot someone Monday near a Jefferson City shopping mall.

Missouri State Cpl. Kyle Green said the shooting happened around 1:45 p.m. between the Capital Mall and a Walgreens store located directly across the street.

He said he was headed to the scene and didn't immediately know the name, age, gender or race of the person who was killed or what led up to the shooting.

He also said he had no information about the Jefferson City police officer who fired the deadly shot. The patrol urged the public in a <a href="https://twitter.com/MSHPTrooperF/status/1401977838522281987" target="&mdash;blank">tweet</a> to avoid the area near the mall.

Police Lt. Dave Williams said in a news release that the department had asked the patrol to investigate. Williams said police had no information to release at this time.

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New dash camera video reveals what happened when deputy shot woman in back

New dash camera video reveals what happened when deputy shot woman in back

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Newly obtained dash camera video and recorded interviews reveal what happened the night a now former deputy shot a woman in the back during an attempted arrest in August of 2019.

Lauren Michael pleaded guilty to first degree assault for the shooting. She is currently serving her 180-day sentence in the Andrew County Jail. A judge also sentenced Michael to six years in prison, but suspended execution of that sentence and placed her on probation for four years.

Michael permanently surrendered her Class A peace officer license and cannot be licensed again in Missouri. Attorneys representing the woman Michael shot say the former deputy used the same story twice to explain why she shot two different people.

Dash camera video from August 8, 2019, shows that during a traffic stop deputies saw a man driving the wrong way down the street near 37th and Main Street on a Bird scooter. A woman was riding on the back of the scooter. A deputy shined his flashlight at the man and told him to stop. Then the deputy got into his patrol vehicle and pulled into a parking lot in front of the scooter.

The scooter collided with the side of his patrol vehicle which can be heard on the dash camera recording. The man was quickly taken into custody. The woman, Brittany Simek, took off. In the dash camera video, the deputy can be heard telling Simek to turn around to place her in handcuffs. She said, “No expletive that.” Then she is seen running out of view of the dash camera. “I’m in a foot pursuit,” the deputy said over his radio.

Then the deputy used his radio to inform other officers the only charges he could arrest Simek for would be minor offenses. “The only thing I’ve got on her is failure to obey a lawful command and running,” the deputy said.

According to former deputy Michael, about 25 minutes later she was still canvassing the area for Simek. Michael’s dash camera video shows she found Simek sitting on concrete steps near 40th and Oak Street. Michael did not immediately inform dispatch she found Simek.

Michael’s dash camera video shows Michael attempting to detain Simek. Michael then grabbed Simek by the hair and pulled her to the ground. Because Michael did not activate her lights and sirens, audio was not recorded by the dash or in car cameras. Recorded interviews with both women show they described what happened next very differently.

“Everything happened so quick the next thing I know she is fighting me for the Taser and now she’s tasing me in my left thigh,” Michael said during her recorded interview. “She’s hurting me. She can get to my weapon. I’m in fear of my life and the only thing to get her to stop that I can now do next is to pull my weapon and shoot her.”

Simek also described to investigators what she said happened. “She gets out of her car and already has her Taser drawn and says, ‘on the floor’ and I said, ‘for what?’ She won’t tell me why I’m being detained so I kept saying, ‘for what, for what, for what?’” Simek said during the recorded interview. “She tried to tackle me. She does tackle me. She tases me on the ground like with the Taser in my stomach on the ground. All I do is push the Taser off me. I get up and run and she proceeds to shoot me three times.”

The interviewer asked Simek if she took Michael’s stun gun to intentionally try to assault a police officer. “I would never do that and there was no reason for her to use deadly force on me,” Simek said.

The incident happened mostly outside of the dash camera’s view. Only Simek’s feet and a small portion of Michael’s body can be seen. Smoke can be seen likely from Michael firing her firearm. Michael can be heard over the radio saying, “She Tased me. Shots fired.”

Prosecutors concluded Michael’s version of events did not match the evidence and filed charges. Analysis of the stun gun revealed both of its cartridges were deployed within 3 seconds which did not support Michael's statement that after she used the stun gun on Simek, they fought for the stun gun and then Simek used it on Michael. Crime scene personnel also identified damage from a bullet to a vehicle in the direction Simek ran away from Michael some distance away from the initial struggle. Michael pleaded guilty to first degree assault in January.

During sentencing in March, Michael’s defense attorney argued Michael had PTSD and that prior trauma caused Michael to perceive the situation with Simek as more threatening than it really was. Simek filed a civil lawsuit against Michael. A jury trial is set for October. Simek’s attorneys question Michael’s history of using force. “Three people within 14 months. Two shot. Both tased and then another that was wrongfully tased,” Simek’s attorney Mike Yonke said. “If that's not a pattern, I don't know what it is.”

Family members of another man, Donald Sneed, filed a wrongful death lawsuit after Michael fatally shot him in 2017 during an attempted arrest for shoplifting while Michael worked off duty at a Raytown Walmart. Michael accepted a Medal of Valor from then Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp following the shooting. Michael said she used a stun gun on Sneed, then he took her stun gun and used it on her. Sneed’s family says did not happen. A jury trial is scheduled for September. “Used the same excuse that someone took her Taser,” Yonke said.

Another man, Lorenzo Bailey, also filed a lawsuit. According to his attorneys, Michael used a stun gun on him in an attempt to arrest Bailey for trespassing after he had already left Walmart, walked toward his car and placed his hands on the top of his head. A jury trial is set for February of next year for that lawsuit.

As for Simek, her attorneys say she still has bullets lodged in her body and emotional trauma from being shot in the back by a now former deputy. “They hired her, they kept her on the department, they're responsible for her actions, but instead, they just bail out and run for cover and pretend like they have nothing to do with this deputy. This ex deputy, and that is unacceptable,” Yonke said.

KCTV5 News reached out to Michael’s criminal and civil attorneys but have not heard back.

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KCTV5 News Update: June 3, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: June 3, 2021

Activists are responding to new video of a fatal police shooting in Kansas City. Last night, they held a vigil for Malcom Johnson. He was killed by police at a BP gas station on 63rd and Prospect.

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Former Northland high school coach pleads guilty to eight sex counts

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A former Northland high school coach has pleaded guilty to eight felony counts for sex with a former high school student in Holden, Missouri.

Joshua D. Hood, 44, pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, two counts of second-degree statutory rape and one count of second-degree child molestation.

As part of a plea agreement, Hood was sentenced to five years suspended execution of sentence probation. Hood could serve four years in prison for violating probation. He also agreed to surrender his teaching certificate.

Hood was a high school coach in Holden, MO, in 2003-2004, he allegedly had multiple sexual encounters with a high school student under the age of 17; as a result, multiple sex crimes were filed by the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today. More recently, he has been a high school coach in the Park Hill School District.

Park Hill School District issued the following statement:

We take any possible harm to students extremely seriously, so we suspended Josh Hood without pay in December, as soon as we learned of the allegations against him. Since he voluntarily surrendered his teaching certificate as part of this plea, we will not need to take steps to get it revoked, and this will officially terminate his contract with Park Hill.The charges against him were from his time working in another school district, back in 2003 and 2004. We are not aware of any reports or allegations about Josh Hood of any kind of similar misconduct here in the Park Hill School District. He has been in Park Hill since 2013.

According to court records, in April 2020, the Missouri Highway Patrol opened an investigation into allegations from a victim that she had been the victim of sexual offenses at a variety of locations in Jackson County, MO, in 2003 and 2004. She identified the offender as Hood. The victim told Missouri Highway Patrol investigators that Hood had engaged in sexual intercourse and other sexual acts when she was less than 17 years old, in the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2004. The defendant was then a teacher and a coach at Holden High School and about 26 or 27 years old.

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For the first time in over a year, the US records a daily average of fewer than 20,000 new Covid-19 cases

The <a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-us-maps-and-cases/" target="_blank">US just recorded a seven-day average</a> of fewer than 20,000 new daily Covid-19 cases for the first time since March 2020.

The daily average of new cases dropped to about 17,248 as of Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. However, that number might be lower than reality, <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/region-data-notes" target="_blank">as some cases from the weekend</a> and the Memorial Day holiday might not have been reported yet.

Still, it's a stunning milestone that comes after more than a year of <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/07/us/new-york-coronavirus-victims-refrigerated-trucks/index.html" target="_blank">loss and suffering across the country</a> and <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/24/world/coronavirus-newsletter-intl-05-24-21/index.html" target="_blank">the world.</a> And it's one worth pausing for, to acknowledge both that devastation but also <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/28/politics/biden-pandemic-address/index.html" target="_blank">the progress the US has made.</a>

In March of last year, Covid-19 infection and hospitalization numbers <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/health/us-coronavirus-friday/index.html" target="_blank">started climbing rapidly</a> -- and deaths followed. At least 80% of the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-03-31-20/h_63f3083602f6e10fadd0a630384b205a" target="_blank">country's population was under stay-at-home orders.</a>

That was the first of several <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/24/health/us-coronavirus-tuesday/index.html" target="_blank">crushing surges.</a> More than 33 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus, according to <a href="https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html" target="_blank">Johns Hopkins University</a>, and more than 594,000 have died -- both numbers likely undercounts of the pandemic's true toll.

But now, the US is heading in the right direction, thanks to a powerful ally in the battle against the pandemic: <a href="https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/health/us-covid-vaccinations/" target="_blank">Covid-19 vaccines.</a>

"Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining because of the millions of people who have stepped forward and done their part to protect their health and the health of their communities to move us out of this pandemic," US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a recent White House briefing.

More than 50% of the US population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, <a href="https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations" target="_blank">CDC data</a> shows, and more than 40% of the country is fully vaccinated.

Governors nationwide have eased Covid-19 restrictions, and nearly every state that <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/29/health/us-coronavirus-saturday/index.html" target="_blank">had a mask mandate has now lifted it.</a> But the pandemic certainly isn't over.

<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2021/03/30/health/herd-immunity-covid-shifts/index.html" target="_blank">More Americans need to get vaccinated to reach herd immunity (and keep it)</a>

The US can push its Covid-19 numbers lower and help prevent Covid-19 outbreaks if more Americans are inoculated.

But vaccination rates across the country are uneven. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/19/health/uneven-vaccination-rates-covid-19-trends/index.html" target="_blank">Some communities lag far behind others</a>, in some cases because of ongoing hesitancy, while in others <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/28/health/disparities-covid-19-vaccine-divide/index.html" target="_blank">because of challenges with access.</a> And vaccines are only available to those 12 and older.

"We all have more work to do," White House Covid-19 Response Team senior adviser Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith said recently. "We have to continue to ensure everyone who is a 'yes' does not face barriers to vaccination."

Moderna seeks full FDA approval for its emergency authorized vaccine

While new Covid-19 cases keep dropping as more Americans get vaccinated, Moderna said Tuesday it's seeking full approval for its vaccine from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Since December, Moderna's two-shot vaccine has been distributed under an FDA emergency use authorization for Americans ages 18 and up.

On April 13, the company announced its vaccine maintained over 90% efficacy six months out -- the length of follow-up time needed to apply for FDA approval.

Moderna is the second company to seek such approval in the US. On May 7, Pfizer announced it was starting its own application for people ages 16 and up, following an April 1 announcement that its clinical trials showed over 91% efficacy after six months.

Experts say they expect vaccine protection will last much longer than six months, to be confirmed as more data come in.

Moderna said it will keep submitting trial data "on a rolling basis over the coming weeks with a request for a Priority Review." A priority review asks the FDA to take action within six months, compared to the 10 months designated under standard review.

Both Pfizer and Moderna are also studying their vaccines in children as young as 6 months. Last month, the FDA granted Pfizer's vaccine an emergency use authorization for children 12 to 15.

Full FDA approval could motivate some vaccine-hesitant Americans to roll up their sleeves, according to research released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

But in practical terms for the public, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/28/health/covid-vaccine-myths-debunked/index.html" target="_blank">there's not a big difference between emergency use authorization and full FDA approval</a>, said Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

"Frankly, the only real difference was in length of follow-up" for efficacy, Offit said.

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have shown to be extremely safe in both clinical trials and in the real world, he said. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2021/04/28/health/covid-vaccine-myths-debunked/index.html" target="_blank">Throughout the history of vaccines</a>, he said, any serious side effects have happened within two months after inoculation.

"The effectiveness and efficacy data in the Phase 3 trials and now in the real world ... is excellent," Offit said.

The first big holiday with millions fully vaccinated

For the first time in more than a year, millions of vaccinated Americans safely enjoyed close holiday gatherings without masks on Memorial Day.

In California, "it feels very, very close to normal," Santa Monica resident Bob Alfera said. "And it's nice to see people really all in a good mood."

But the <a href="https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations" target="_blank">majority of Americans still aren't fully vaccinated</a> -- threatening the possibility of yet another post-holiday Covid-19 spike.

Last year's Memorial Day parties <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/12/us/ozarks-missouri-party-coronavirus-positive/index.html" target="_blank">included throngs of unvaccinated revelers</a> crammed around each other. The following month, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html" target="_blank">at least 16 states paused or rolled back</a> their reopening plans to combat surges.

Health experts hope vaccinations will blunt a post-holiday spike this year. But vaccines only work if people take them.

"It's great news that people can see their friends, they feel comfortable to travel because they're vaccinated," former Harvard Medical School professor William Haseltine said.

"The bad news is if you are not vaccinated, you are still at risk, and your risk is about as high as it was before."

The danger is far from passed

Any country that thinks the pandemic is over is wrong, said World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"We're very encouraged that cases and deaths are continuing to decline globally, but it would be a monumental error for any country to think the danger has passed," he said.

"One day -- hopefully soon -- the pandemic will be behind us. But the psychological scars will remain for those who have lost loved ones, health workers who have been stretched beyond breaking point. and the millions of people of all ages confronted with months of loneliness and isolation."

While many vacationers enjoyed Miami Beach over the weekend, the mayor worried that "too many people are coming" to the scenic city.

"The virus is still here," Mayor Dan Gelber said. "The volume of people that have been coming here is very unprecedented."

CNN's Michael Nedelman, Rebekah Riess, Naomi Thomas, Sahar Akbarzai, Pete Muntean and Greg Wallace contributed to this report.

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KCPD budget battle heads to court Tuesday

KCPD budget battle heads to court Tuesday

Tomorrow, the fight over the KCPD's budget goes to court.

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Shooting death marks 62nd homicide in Kansas City this year

Shooting death marks 62nd homicide in Kansas City this year

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A man’s overnight shooting death marks Kansas City's 62nd homicide of the year.

Officers were called just before 2 a.m. Monday to 37th Street and Montgall Avenue. When they arrived to a vacant lot, they found a man just off the street who had been shot and unresponsive.

He was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. There is no word yet on who the victim is or who shot him.

If anyone saw anything or has any information they are asked to contact the homicide unit directly at 234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline anonymously at 474-TIPS. There is a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case or any unsolved homicide in Kansas City.

UPDATE: The person killed in this shooting has been identified as 29-year-old Ahmad Cartwright.

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2 killed in shooting behind Branson restaurant

2 killed in shooting behind Branson restaurant

BRANSON, MO (KCTV) -- UPDATE: On Monday, the Branson Police Department stated that the second person injured in this double shooting has also died.

The victims have been identified as 38-year-old Krystle L. Buhl from Forsyth, Missouri and 39-year-old Richard A. McMahan from Merriam Woods, Missouri.

The police department says they are still investigating the case.

Previous coverage is below.

A double shooting in Branson on Saturday night has left one person dead.

The Branson Police Department says the shooting happened in the late evening hours in the 1800 block of W. 76 County Blvd, in a restaurant's back parking lot.

Officers quickly found the victims when they arrived, secured the scene, and called for medical aid.

One of those victims was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Investigators spent the night processing the scene and the investigation is still in its beginning stages.

"Robbery does not appear to be the motive at this time and police do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public," according to the police.

The victims have been identified, but their names are not being released until family has been notified.

The police department asks anyone with information to call the Citizen Alert to Crime Hotline (CATCH) at 417-334-1085.

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1 fatally shot at waterfront Lake of the Ozarks bar

1 fatally shot at waterfront Lake of the Ozarks bar

LAKE OZARK, MO (KCTV) -- The authorities are investigating after a man was fatally shot at a waterfront bar called Shady Gators at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Camden County Sheriff's Office says someone called 911 just before 11 p.m. on Saturday and said shots had been fired.

When they arrived, they found a 27-year-old man who had been shot. He was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

The sheriff's office says they have two out of three suspects in custody, going off of what witnesses at the scene told them.

The homicide investigation is still active. Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to call the sheriff's office at 573-346-2243.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F assisted after the call about the shooting was received. According to Troop F, the victim was shot in the chest.

The name of the victim and suspects have not yet been made public.

Note: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CamdenCountyMOSheriff/posts/10158471962922613" target="_blank">The sheriff's office</a> said the shooting occurred at Lazy Gators and <a href="https://twitter.com/MSHPTrooperF/status/1399002231584792581" target="_blank">MSHP Troop F</a> said it happened at Shady Gators.

According to the businesses' websites, it appears that <a href="http://shadygators.com/" target="_blank">Shady Gators</a> and <a href="http://lazygators.com/" target="_blank">Lazy Gators</a> are under the same ownership. The venues share a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ShadyGators" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> are are located close to each other along Sweet Williams Road.

Additionally, shadygators.com says, "Lake of the Ozarks' Best Waterfront Bar: Shady Gators + Lazy Gators."

Update: On Monday, <a href="https://krcgtv.com/news/local/lazy-gators-victim-identified-as-jefferson-city-man?fbclid=IwAR2pyUdnZTxPXjcQRIIju10KDiz6V7QBURPrSuDLX61OMKYww4Mvg5LUaBQ" target="_blank">CBS-affiliate KRCG reported</a> that the victim in this shooting has been identified as Vonza Watson of Jefferson City. They also reported that a third person of interest in this case has been located.

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Vandals destroy $100K in property from gunfire in Edgerton

Vandals destroy $100K in property from gunfire in Edgerton

Authorities are requesting the public’s help in identifying those responsible for two separate incidents totaling nearly $100,000 in property damage in southern Johnson County.

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